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Andy | "It's been a whirlwind season"

Rinomhota reacts to signing new Royals contract

25 February 2019

Andy Rinomhota says he is looking forward to the future, after signing a new three-year contract with Reading this week.

The 21-year-old has been one of Reading's standout performers this season, breaking through into the first team setup from our Academy and making his league debut away at Preston back in September.

His first league start came against Bristol City several weeks later, and he would go on to start the next 17 consecutive matches in league and cup.

The midfielder is currently sidelined through injury, but he says he hopes to be back in blue and white as soon as possible this season.

“I’m delighted, happy to commit another year to the club and to be here for the future," the midfielder smiled.

“For a young player coming into the team, I maybe expected to get one game here and there, but thankfully once I got in, I managed to keep my place and go on to play 15 or 16 games on the bounce.

“I can’t wait to get back. I’m hungry and wanting to get back on the pitch to help the lads out, help us out of the situation we’re in and climb up the table.

“It’s been a crazy season for me. I wasn’t really in and around the squad at the start of the year and I never thought to myself I’d be playing in front of 70-odd thousand at Old Trafford. It’s been a whirlwind season."

Rinomhota signed for the club's Academy as a teenager from non-league side, AFC Portchester, and he rose through the age groups to become an integral part of the Reading side this season.

Reflecting on his time as a Royal so far, he added: “It’s gone very quickly. From the minute I came in, the club was very good to me – it’s a good family club. Everyone’s so nice and they make you feel welcome.

“Because of that, it’s made my time here go so quickly and I can’t wait to carry on for the future.

“We’ve got a new training ground on the way, it’ll be nice to move in there. It’s new scenery and better facilities – even though the ones we’ve got now are top of the range. It’ll be nice to kick on and move on to there.

“The manager isn’t bothered about how old you are or where you’ve come from, whether it’s from the Academy or if you’ve come in from another club, if he thinks you’re ready to play, then he’ll play you. That’s what you want from a manager.

“I just hope to get more consistent games under my belt, good performances and to get as many wins as possible with the team.”


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